|BMI's Charlie Feldman congratulates Abe Olman Scholarship winner Sylvia Tosun. Photo by Chuck Pulin|
Named for one of the founding members of the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Abe Olman Scholarship awards $1,200 to each winner. The presentation was held June 7 in conjunction with the SHOF compilation CD release party at the Cutting Room in New York.
Tosun just returned from Beijing, China where she performed at the first ever concert at the Great Wall entitled "Wall of Hope" (scheduled to air this summer), sharing the stage with Alicia Keys and Cyndi Lauper. Her full-length album Jump In was released this May, and features producer Miklos Malek (Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Anastacia), mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Avril Lavigne, Peter Gabriel, Blink 182) and co-writers Julie Flanders and Emil Adler (founders of the cult band October Project). Sylvia's powerful voice combined with the album's rock rhythms, pop melodies, poetic metaphors and mystical undertones have been favorably compared to Annie Lennox, Sting and Peter Gabriel. A track from Jump In has just been featured on the WB11's DVD series, "Dawson's Creek."